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2 Brothers Get Death Penalty for Rape, Murder of Minor Girl in Rajasthan

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A special court in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, has sentenced two men to death for their conviction of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in August of last year by burning her alive in a coal furnace.
The men, brothers from the Kaleblia tribe named Kalu and Kanha, were found guilty on Saturday by a POCSO, or Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses, court. Three women were among the seven people acquitted of charges related to evidence destruction.

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According to reports, two of the three women are wed to Kalu and Kanha.

Special Public Prosecutor Mahaveer Singh Kishnawat told reporters, “Kalu and Kanha were awarded death penalty.” On Saturday, he confirmed they had been found guilty of raping and killing the girl.”

The barbaric crime occurred on August 3 last year.

The young girl had taken her family’s cattle herd for grazing when she was sexually assaulted.

This was in the Shahpura area of Kotri tehsil in Bhilwara district.

When she did not return home, her family went looking for her.

They saw smoke rising from what should have been an inactive furnace. When they examined the furnace, they found torn clothes and slippers nearby, as well as bones and half-burnt body parts.

A subsequent forensic investigation of the body revealed she may have been burnt alive.

“Forensic examination report suggested the girl was alive before being burnt in the furnace. She could (have been) unconscious but she was alive,” a senior police officer said in September.

Stung into action by a wave of political criticism – Rajasthan was then ruled by the Congress, which was attacked by the Bharatiya Janata Party – the police filed a 400+ page chargesheet within 30 days.

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